A30 - Do NOT use it!

Discussion in 'Lands End to John O'Groats (LEJOG)' started by Brains, 3 Jul 2013.

  1. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

    Speed for one....
  2. L14M

    L14M Über Member

    Ah crap.. sorry guys I can't cycle anymore :'(
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  3. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit Ribbit

    I'm hoping to get over it too, it will certainly bugger my plans up for this summer. But for the moment, only empty single track roads for me.
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  4. OP

    Brains Guru

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  5. We did Lejog a while back - I'd agree with staying off the A30. We did it in 9 days, and at the time I was up for using it, but there are some really lovely country roads round Devon and Cornwall, and if you've got a decent GPS that gives you some turn by turn navigation, then you can get through them without having to check the map every turning... tbh, you're missing out if you take the A30.
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  6. lejogger

    lejogger Über Member

    Yebbut... if you want to make good progress, then... https://app.strava.com/activities/139546875
  7. Very good work lejogger that was very quick... but when I did it I spent more time on the bike.... who's the real winner!? :bicycle:
  8. lejogger

    lejogger Über Member

    Touché ^_^
    It's a hard leg of the tour... incredibly lumpy, as you know. I was happy to get it out of the way and spend more time up in the rest of England and Scotland to be honest. I was also much fresher on day 2 than if I'd spent 8 hours in the saddle.
    Each to their own. It's not pleasant but it shouldn't be avoided at all costs. :okay:
  9. OP

    Brains Guru

    As the A30 subject has come up again, time to resurrect an old thread.
    Bottom line still remains, the A30 is not an option on LEJOG routing
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  10. bianchi1

    bianchi1 Veteran

    A good resurrection. When I did my JOGLE, I lasted about a mile on this road before feeling so unsafe I gave up, climbed up the verge and across a field to a lovely country road.

    The issue if I remember correctly is the complete lack of any hard shoulder.
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  11. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    You can be dead right. +1 for don't do it
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  12. burntoutbanger

    burntoutbanger Senior Member

    I drive this road weekly from Camborne to Exeter and up to a few years ago weekly from Penzance to Exeter.

    I wouldn't ride a bike on it. :sad:
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  13. keithmac

    keithmac Über Member

    I can see the appeal if Strava is you main concern.

    I wouldn't go anywhere near it on a bike (personal choice).

    When driving I give plenty of room when passing cycles but doing follow through the mirrors the cars behind don't always offer the same courtesy.

    It's the closing speed that's the biggest issue, you have to hope the vehicle has seen you in time and reacted to your presence. Sadly many don't have either the skill, observation or concentration to do so.

    You are putting your life in the hands of the hundred or so cars that are passing you, hoping every driver is skilled and switched on enough to perform a safe pass..
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  14. ChrisEyles

    ChrisEyles Veteran

    The A30 is horrendous!!! Even when I used to ride a small motorbike (a 125cc) I didn't feel very safe, let alone on a push bike!

    The *old* A30 on the other hand is really quite a nice route from Exeter to Okehampton, I ride it fairly often to visit friends.
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